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June 2 Special Report - So during this relatively quiet time, while Organized Team Activities continue - read: light workouts, physical training, classroom work, team-building stuff - we thought it might be a good idea to look at the team and the coming 2017 from every angle possible. This week, it seemed right to pick out one or two key additions on each unit as a litmus test to gauge how much improvement we can really expect.

June 1 No Giants position group will be more scrutinized this season than the offensive line. The unit struggled again in 2016, and its issues helped contribute to a major step-back by the offense as a whole. The Giants averaged a full touchdown less per game. That brings us to 2017, where the Giants are exuding confidence the line will take a big step forward after doing ... not much.

The NFL season is less than 100 days away. But for now, the New York Giants have reached the midway point of their organized team activities (OTAs). They held their fifth of 10 practices today at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and it was a heavy workday with a lot of plays and work in the red zone.

Former Giants
Brandon Jacobs knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl. The running back won two rings during his career with the Giants.

May 31 Sterling Shepard hopes to make more of an impact in the Giants passing game. n his first three NFL games, he caught 84.2 percent of his pass targets for 233 yards (14.6 yards per reception) versus the 58.3 percent of his pass targets for 450 yards (9.2 yards per catch) in his final 12 regular-season games.

The Giants defense needs to improve in these two categories to be 'special'. The two most significant stats where they did not grade out well last season kind of go hand in hand -- passing yards per game and sacks per pass attempt. They finished 23rd in both categories.

Eli Manning is the present. The anticipation is Davis Webb will be the future. Where does that leave Geno Smith, who at 26 is too old to be the new kid on the block and too young to be an afterthought? It leaves him in a sort of quarterback limbo, looking to resurrect an NFL career that languished with the Jets and is far from secure with the Giants.

May 30 Ben McAdoo weighs in on new NFL overtime rules. Fifteen is greater than 10. That was one of the biggest takeaways Giants head coach Ben McAdoo let on to last week when asked about the wave of rules changes NFL owners recently approved at a league meeting in Chicago.

Giants OTAs Week 2: What you need to know. Okay, so why even bother with OTAs if there is no contact allowed? OTAs are a time for the coaches to experiment with different personnel packages to get an idea of what might be worth keeping and what might need to be shelved for the time being.

May 29 Giants co-owner John Mara has waded into the ongoing Colin Kaepernick debate, and is receiving criticism for doing so. Mara recently told The MMQB that he has "never received more emotional mail" than he did about Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the national anthem last season, even though Kaepernick played for a team (the 49ers) several thousand miles away that was not even on the Giants' schedule.

The saviors of last year's Giants defense know job isn't done. In 2015, the Giants ranked 30th in scoring defense, allowing an average of 27.6 points per game, 32nd in yards yielded per game, 31st in first downs allowed and 24th in rushing defense. In 2016, those key ranking numbers changed dramatically from the previous season: No. 2 in the league in scoring defense, allowing only 17.8 points per game, No. 10 in yards allowed, No. 5 in first downs allowed and No. 3 in rushing defense.

May 28 The 2017 Giants roster is set. Sure, there will be some minor additions and subtractions. They made some this past week when they signed veteran safety Duke Ihenacho and defensive end Devin Taylor. But there won't be any more major moves, and the key players on the team now will be the key players in September and beyond.

Odell Beckham Jr. did not attend OTAs last week - they are voluntary but really not - and remained in his adopted offseason California home so he can work out with his personal trainer and hang out with his pals in Hollywood rather than his teammates in New Jersey. The implied message: He's bigger than the team.

May 27 Geno Smith has waited two years to become a starting quarterback again. He's apparently willing to wait a bit longer. The new Giants backup and ex-Jets enigma said Thursday he turned down opportunities to compete for starting jobs with other teams in order to sign on for a year as - best case scenario - the No. 2 quarterback behind a guy who's never missed a game.

If the first three practices of OTAs this past week are any indication of the mindset of the Giants' defense, the unit should have no problem living up to coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's mantra of staying hungry.

Did Giants WR Odell Beckham take an indirect shot at coach Ben Ben McAdoo? This isn't the first time McAdoo and Beckham have been at odds publicly. After the third game of his rookie season as head coach, McAdoo said that Beckham needed to "be less of a distraction..." after the receiver infamously slammed his helmet into a kicking net late in a loss to the Redskins.
Beckham, whom Giants general manager Jerry Reese after last season implored to become more mature as a "face of the franchise," has drawn headlines this week for skipping the team's OTAs. Chris Carter's premise that he can offer Beckham different "position-specific" information than the Giants coaching staff has some merit, considering Carter's accomplishments in the game. u

May 26 On Thursday the Giants held their third of ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) which will continue for the next three weeks until mandatory minicamp wraps up the offseason program the week of June 12. This is Phase Three of the offseason program. Contact is still prohibited.
Mark Herzlich worked on both offense and defense, switching his jersey accordingly. In a 7-on-7 drill, Herzlich showed nice soft hands in going up the seam for a pass, beating safety Jadar Johnson.

Odell Beckham has missed the Giants' first three OTAs, and things don't sound too optimistic for the remaining seven. The Giants' star wide receiver told NFL Network's Kimberly Jones that he will "for sure" be in attendance at June's mandatory three-day minicamp, which he is contractually obligated to attend.
Though it was believed the star Giants receiver might be present for the team's OTA workout Thursday, Beckham was a no-show in New Jersey again. The 24-year-old, who worked out with the disgraced former Browns quarterback this week, reportedly remains in Los Angeles, and it is unclear when, or if, Beckham will participate in any of the voluntary sessions with the Giants.

Former Giants
Victor Cruz will be reunited in the Windy City with former Giants teammates Prince Amukamara and Rueben Randle, both of whom have signed with the Bears
Victor Cruz thinks the team intentionally limited his opportunities. That's what the wide receiver said during an interview with "The Breakfast Club" on Tuesday.
Victor Cruz is delusional for his Giant conspiracy theory, he just wasn't the same player after injuries.

May 25 One thing Giants receiver Odell Beckham can't seem to catch is a practice session with his teammates. The mercurial Big Blue star blew off his third straight day of OTAs on Wednesday, opting instead to play catch with notorious party boy Johnny Manziel, whose bad behavior got him cut from the quarterback-starved Cleveland Browns - the worst team in the NFL last year.
Why would Beckham, tasked by GM Jerry Reese with making better decisions as a face of the Giants' franchise, align himself with Manziel, the poster boy for an NFL player who doesn't have his priorities in order?

Mark Herzlich has been a Giant longer than anyone except Eli Manning, Zak DeOssie and Jason Pierre-Paul. But that doesn't mean the seventh-year pro can't learn a few new things at this week's OTAs. The special-teams standout and reserve linebacker is now an aspiring tight end. He looks the part, wearing No. 44 instead of his familiar 94.

NFL News
The National Football League announced three changes to the game on Tuesday, but the one getting most of the attention has to do with end zone celebrations.

Since the NFL adopted its latest overtime rules in 2012, there have been just five ties across the league.

May 24 On Tuesday the Giants held their second of ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) which will continue for the next three weeks until mandatory minicamp wraps up the offseason program the week of June 12. This is Phase Three of the offseason program. Contact is still prohibited.
Monday's workout was supposed to be open to the media but that was changed last week (now Thursday's OTA will be covered) because the Giants told reporters the workout would be short and might be a waste of time with very little worth noting. Maybe Odell Beckham Jr. got the same memo.
Beckham was a no-show for the start of the team's OTAs Monday, according to a report by NJ Advance Media's Dan Duggan, who also reported that Beckham "was not a regular participant" in the five weeks since the team's offseason program began April 17.

Maybe Odell Beckham Jr. was just busy closing the deal. The Giants wide receiver was not at the start of organized team activities, but he's now at least $25 million richer anyway. The star pass catcher has inked the biggest shoe deal for an NFL player in history after re-signing with Nike.
The Giants' wide receiver signed a five-year deal that is worth more than $29 million according to the sneaker website that first reported the signing. That's more money than the $18.8 million or so that Beckham will make throughout his current five-year contract with the Giants.

Former Giants
Rashad Jennings overcame stiff competition from Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei to take home the coveted mirror ball trophy on the 24th season of "Dancing With the Stars."

May 23 Most of the Giants assembled on Monday for the first Organized Team Activity (OTA) of the offseason, but there was one notable exception. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not in attendance, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Former Giants
Phil Simms, recently replaced as lead color analyst by Tony Romo, is making another move: He's selling his estate on 20 private wood acres in Franklin Lakes.

Rashad Jennings has chance to win 'Dancing with the Stars'. Rashad Jennings has always looked to take up a hobby between seasons during his eight-year tenure in the NFL.

May 22 The New York Giants began Phase 3 of the offseason program, otherwise known as the OTA period, Monday. They'll also work on Tuesday in a closed setting before allowing the media in the doors for the entire workout Thursday.

Zak DeOssie was the Giants' easiest free-agent negotiation this offseason. The team wanted to keep DeOssie and the long snapper had no desire to play anywhere else, so they agreed to a two-year, $2.315 million contract on Feb. 24, two weeks before he could test the market.

May 21 The Giants are only beginning OTAs on Monday. What happens between now and the end of the 2017 season will have a major impact on the future of a slew of Giants who are entering the final years of their contracts, including left guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg, linebacker Keenan Robinson and others.

May 20 What are OTA's? Here's what you need to know. Under the rules of the offseason workout program, on-field workouts to this point have been conducted on a "separates" basis, meaning no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted. That's about to change.

May 16 Giants sign 'fastest man in college football' Kevin Snead after tryout. Snead worked out for the Giants as a receiver and fielded some punts at minicamp, but he also has collegiate experience as a defensive back.

After setting the Giants' over/under at nine wins for the 2017 regular season, Bovada gives Big Blue 9/1 odds to win the NFC Championship, good for fifth-best in the conference.

With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror and organized team activities and minicamps in full swing, here's a starting lineup projection for the New York Giants.

May 15 7 Giants players put on the hot seat by draft picks. Veterans are put on notice when their team drafts a player at their position. Four draft picks should make some veterans nervous. as

May 14 Travis Rudolph is the feel-good story of rookie camp. The entire country has seen that the former Florida State wide receiver has a huge heart. And though it was recently broken by tragedy, Rudolph remains friendly, humble and optimistic, qualities that could help him overcome long odds to make the Giants' final roster.

There were plenty of times when Melinda Tomlinson couldn't watch her son Dalvin play football at Henry County High School in Georgia. She was a "concession mom," so her game days were spent hawking hot dogs and pushing pretzels in a booster club stand that did not provide a very good view of the field. But she would hear the games. Hear the crowd cheer, hear the public address announcer say Dalvin Tomlinson's name over the loudspeakers after he made another impressive play.

Two years ago, when Steve Spagnuolo returned to the Giants as defensive coordinator, he had to teach the players a new system. Last year, the system was the same but the players were different. Again, the basics had to be taught. Now, as he enters the third year of his stint with the team, Spags would seem to have it all. The scheme has been in place and the players, for the most part, are back. Only one starter from last year no longer is on the roster.

May 13 Steve Spagnuolo expects Owa Odighizuwa to be fine after strange tweets. Odighizuwa raised eyebrows when he published a series of tweets on April 3 that indicated the 25-year-old planned to step away from the game.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is already working to dismiss a frequent knock on first-round pick Evan Engram's game. "He is not a big wide receiver," Sullivan said Friday, the first day of the Giants' three-day rookie minicamp.

You could count the touchdowns scored last season by Giants tight ends on one hand and still have two fingers left. Will Tye had one. So did Jerell Adams. Larry Donnell had one, too. That's it. Three touchdowns. No wonder the Giants want and hope to get an immediate impact out of Evan Engram, their first-round draft pick from Mississippi.

Before reading this or any rookie minicamp report, it's imperative that you remember the goal of the coaches. "We just want to introduce them to the offense, defense and special teams. Get out here and teach them how we practice, get an evaluation on some guys..."

May 12 Giants begin weekend rookie minicamp Friday. The team's 2017 rookie class, featuring the six draft picks, 14 (and counting) undrafted free agents, and a few dozen tryout players take the field at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
This weekend, for the first time, the six draft picks arrive at the team practice facility and each one will get to hold up his new uniform for the first time - Engram gets No. 88, Dalvin Tomlinson No. 94, Davis Webb No. 5, Wayne Gallman No. 30, Avery Moss No. 91 and Bisnowaty No. 66.

Former Giants
Tom Coughlin could save Victor Cruz's career. Two weeks after Victor Cruz told The Post he would be "all for" reuniting with former coach Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville, reports leaked on Thursday the free agent wide receiver was going to visit the team soon.

May 11 With the dust settled on the 2017 NFL Draft, the Giants' six newest selections, along with dozens of undrafted free agents and tryout players, report Thursday for a three-day rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

The Giants have a new tight end on the roster. Veteran special teamer and backup linebacker Mark Herzlich is switching numbers this offseason so he can be eligible to suit up for Big Blue on offense.
Signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Herzlich has defied the odds. He has hung onto a roster spot for the past six seasons mostly due to his value on special teams. Being able to contribute on offense will only increase Herzlich's chances of sticking on the roster again.

Former Giants
Plaxico Burress details 2008 gun incident in open letter to NFL Draft class.

May 10 Giants co-owner John Mara is pumping the brakes on the hype surrounding third-round pick Davis Webb. Webb became the Giants' earliest quarterback selection since 2004 when the team took Philip Rivers with the No. 4 overall pick and immediately traded him for top pick Eli Manning.

May 9 Eli Manning is the franchise. Geno Smith is the reclamation project. Davis Webb is the future. Those three Giants quarterbacks will generate most of the attention this offseason. And then there's Josh Johnson. The journeyman doesn't figure to garner many headlines. But when the dust settles, Johnson very well may be the Giants' No. 2 quarterback.

Giants left guard Justin Pugh was asked Sunday if the free-agent spending spree on offensive linemen this offseason was encouraging as he enters the final year of his contract. "Do you even know who some of those guys are that were getting paid?" Pugh asked, only somewhat rhetorically. "I feel good about where I'm at."

May 7 Brandon Marshall has yet to play one game for the Giants, but he has already decided that his last game will be for them.
The Giants receiver revealed Saturday he plans to retire at the end of his current two-year deal in order to focus full-time on his work with mental health advocacy.
Brandon Marshall has a plan in place. Make the playoffs for the first time in his 12-year NFL career. And win the Super Bowl before walking away from the game.

May 5 Eli Manning's first impression of Davis Webb is that the youngster is respectful - perhaps too much so. In that way, Webb reminded Manning of himself. "I just wanted to welcome him to the team, let him know if he has any questions or needs anything in the next few days, I was here for him."
Manning said. "He responded to that with, 'Yes, sir.' I told him we were off to a bad start. Please do not refer to me as sir. I appreciate the manners, but we're teammates. I was always taught the same thing. Anyone older than me, I have to call them sir. But hopefully, we straightened that out."

May 3 Special Report - Well, Giant Nation - another NFL draft has come and gone, and as usual, there is much to analyze about the players Jerry Reese brought in to the Big Blue locker room. Overall, I like this draft in terms of combining "need" and the hallowed "best player available" concepts, but we won't know for sure until we see them in live action next summer. So let's dive in, shall we?

Jerry Reese fires back after ex-Giant Shaun O'Hara rips NFL Draft decisions. Jerry Reese gets paid to do the NFL Draft. That was the basic message the Giants general manager had Tuesday during a radio interview as he brushed off recent comments made by ex-Giant center, now-NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara.

Despite a Giants quarterback room suddenly brimming with young players who are looking to soak up as much knowledge and advice as they can muster from the two-time Super Bowl champion, a crew that now includes free agent Geno Smith on a career do-over and third-round pick David Webb who many see as the possible eventual replacement for Manning, Ben McAdoo said the starting quarterback should not be focusing on sharing and teaching. He needs to focus on winning.

Giants' depth chart: What it looks like now. The Giants added a six-person draft class over the weekend to a roster they believe is built to compete for the NFC East title and a return trip to the playoffs. Here's where the Giants' depth chart currently stands as the offseason training program continues through OTAs over the next two months, culminating in the mandatory veteran mini-camp set for June 13-15 in East Rutherford.

Consider: the Giants added two tight ends this offseason who figure to play a lot in free-agent signing Rhett Ellison and Evan Engram, the 23rd overall pick. But Ellison is exclusively a blocker and Engram is more a receiver. So the question is: how can McAdoo play his tight ends without tipping the play call? Answer: Play them both.

Former Giants
Victor Cruz believes it's a matter of when, not if. The former Giants wide receiver said he has no plans to retire and is eager to salsa for another team.

May 2 You may not like the plan the Giants are putting together with their offensive line, but general manager Jerry Reese insists there is a plan, rather than the ignorance-is-bliss fear many fans believe is going down.

The Giants added just one offensive lineman in the NFL Draft, picking Pittsburgh tackle Adam Bisnowaty in the sixth round. But general manager Jerry Reese went to work immediately after the draft to stock up on offensive linemen in the undrafted free agent market. The prize of the Giants' undrafted free agent haul is USC left tackle Chad Wheeler.

Eli Manning is at a crossroads, a 36-year-old quarterback coming off a so-so season, hearing unprecedented attacks on his integrity and facing his football mortality, with a 22-year-old rookie about to enter his orbit..

Davis Webb and Geno Smith share a deeper connection than their new relationship as Giants teammates. Jake Spavital, West Virginia's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, coached both Webb and Smith at the peaks of their college careers - Webb last season at Cal and Smith in 2011 and 2012 at WVU.B

May 1 Ben McAdoo had a ringside seat for the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers circus in Green Bay, when the former wouldn't retire, the latter made it clear he wanted to play, and the scene got ugly until a legend was basically forced out of town. The situation with the Giants isn't the same, and no one is expecting a similar soap opera with Eli Manning and his newly drafted heir apparent, Davis Webb. At least not yet.

In this year's draft, the Giants selected a player who eventually might replace Eli Manning, a player who eventually might replace Paul Perkins, a player who is replacing Johnathan Hankins and a player who will replace, well, the vacuum that the team has had at tight end. Yet Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart still are penciled in as the starting offensive tackles. That is not what fans of the team were hoping for.

There's often pushback on the ol' interwebs over draft grades. You need a couple years to evaluate a team's draft class, they say! Meh. That's kind of like saying you can't predict who wins the Super Bowl until you know makes the playoffs. There's no bad time for predictions - it's just that the earlier they are the less confidence we'll have in them. And that's OK!

No good. That is the draft assessment of Shaun O'Hara, the starting center for the Giants on their Super Bowl XLII championship team, a guy who used to get paid to protect Eli Manning.

Apr 30 Experts react to Giants' 2017 draft picks
NFC East draft grades: How the Cowboys fared vs. their division rivals.
CBS draft grades - New York Giants: C
ABC News draft grades: New York Giants: C+
NFL.Com draft grades: New York Giants: B+
Sports Illustrated draft grades: New York Giants: B-
SB Nation draft grades: New York Giants: B-
USAToday draft grades: New York Giants: C-

Apr 29 - UPDATES:
Giants add a physical running back with pick of Clemson's Wayne Gallman in the 4th round
Giants select Youngstown State DE Avery Moss in 5th round of 2017 NFL Draft.
Giants trade up for Pittsburgh OL Adam Bisnowaty in 6th round.

Apr 29 It didn't take the New York Giants long to find a replacement for defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. A little more than two weeks after Hankins left to sign as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, the Giants found a potential replacement taking Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.
Tomlinson is primarily a run defender but does have some ability to put pressure on the quarterback and expressed confidence in his ability to get after the QB. He'll join up with an already strong New York Giants defense and reunite with former Alabama teammate Landon Collins.

It is said the true measure of a draft isn't known for at least three years. By then, those drafted either will have proven to be productive or wasted picks. If the Giants get their wish, Davis Webb won't even play for at least three years. Still, he could be the most important draft pick in Jerry Reese's career as the Giants general manager.
Giants' vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross and team scouts had graded Webb so high that they saw no chance of Webb falling to Big Blue this far.

Apr 28 For the second consecutive year, the Giants saw some of their top targets get drafted just before they were on the clock. That led to a major surprise when the Giants selected Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram with the 23rd pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
With the 23rd pick, the Giants Thursday night selected Evan Engram of Mississippi - Eli Manning's school - and it figures that this Ole Miss product will make the veteran quarterback happy. The Giants did not take an offensive lineman in a year when most experts believed this was the weakest crop in years.
Engram finished his college career as the program's all-time leader in receptions (162), receiving yards (2,320) and touchdown catches (15) by a tight end. He was also the first player in school history to earn All-SEC honors four times.

With Giants adding Evan Engram, what happens to Will Tye? Bye-bye, Will Tye? Thursday night's first-round selection of Evan Engram by the Giants - along with the free-agency acquisition of Rhett Ellison a few weeks ago - does not portend well for Stony Brook University's first foothold in the NFL.

NFL News
NFL Draft first-round picks - a look at each of the 32 picks in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Apr 27 Giants unlikely to use their top pick on a quarterback. They have an interest, but probably not until later rounds Draft analyst sees them taking offensive lineman at 23.
There is nothing as over-analyzed as the NFL draft in general and the first round in particular. Sometimes, though, it needs to be boiled down to its essence and in this case, for the Giants, the essence is this: They must come out of it with an offensive tackle capable of challenging for a starting role.

Eli Manning fought back against accusations of memorabilia fraud last week in both a press conference and a courtroom. The most recent filings in the lawsuit have not yet been released to the public by the presiding judge.
Eli Manning finally has provided the "context" he said was missing from an alleged smoking-gun email that had him groaning at a recent press conference about unfair attacks on his integrity. Unfortunately for Manning, the context he has provided falls short.

NFL News
NFL Draft TV schedule: What time, channel is NFL Draft 2017? TV, livestream info for all 3 days.

Apr 26 Who's left on NFL free-agent market? Rashad Jennings competed on Dancing with the Stars, which is probably why things have been quiet for him in free agency. They should pick up now. Victor Cruz had a storybook return to the Giants last year after missing most of the last two seasons ... but he wasn't overly effective. Will another team give him a shot? Tony Romo may be in line to take over in the CBS broadcast booth, but he's also, technically a free agent. If he wants, he can sign with any team of his choosing.

Apr 25 Odell Beckham Jr. will be with the Giants through at least the 2018 season. The team reportedly will pick up the fifth-year option on the superstar receiver before the deadline to do so next week, a no-brainer of a move considering the value Beckham brings to the offense.
Beckham's fifth-year option would become guaranteed on the first day of the 2018 league year. Absent a long-term deal reached before then, the Giants would then conceivably use the franchise tag on Beckham in 2019 and 2020 if necessaryto hang on to his rights.
Both sides figure to be interested in a long-term deal after Beckham has gotten off to one of the best starts to a career in NFL history. In Beckham's first three seasons, he is tied for the most catches (288) and is second in receiving yards (4,122). He also has 35 touchdown catches.

The Giants last month signed Jets castoff Geno Smith, who is coming off knee surgery, and coach Ben McAdoo made a few headlines not long ago saying perhaps Smith can be Eli's successor. No one associated with the Giants is really banking on that, and the desire to get a young quarterback in this draft is hotter than ever.

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Are you smarter than an NFL Draft prospect? Take the Wonderlic test to find out.

Apr 24 Eli Manning knows he needs to play better in 2017. Manning took a step back last season after a resurgence in the previous two seasons under the tutelage of Ben McAdoo.

When the Giants drafted Ereck Flowers in the first round two years ago, they projected him as their left tackle of the future. They figured that by around now he might be getting used to the speed of the NFL game, getting comfortable with being a pro, and be ready to make the jump to the most important position on the offensive line. Flowers' trajectory didn't work out like that.

Now that we know the Giants' 2017 schedule, it's required by law we weave down the list and predict way-too-early wins and losses for each game, as well as a final record. Will the Giants be able to navigate this pretty tough schedule for another winning year? Another playoff berth? Time to find out.

Former Giants
David Wilson thought he was dead. The numbness was terrifying. Wilson slowly got to his feet, but he knew something was terribly wrong.

NFL News
Studying 5 years of NFL drafts to find best, worst teams at picking.

Apr 22 The Giants play four games against teams coming off bye weeks, the most of any team in the NFL. Add in a six-day turnaround to face the Eagles after a MNF game, and the Giants in 2017 will have 22 fewer days of rest than their opponents. The Lions are next on the list, at minus-12.

The Giants believe that there could be a tight end out there that could come in and help last year's 25th-ranked offense. So said Jerry Reese, who has never drafted a tight end higher than the third round-that being failed draft pick Travis Beckum in 2009-hinted that past coaching philosophies might have lessened the priority of the position in the offense.
Is Giants GM Jerry Reese any good at drafting players? Jerry Reese was asked Thursday to evaluate his draft performance over the last three or four years, but the Giants GM passed on the chance, saying it is reporters' job to do that. Challenge accepted.

Apr 21 How the Giants' 2017 schedule is made. It doesn't happen by accident. It takes 136 computers and four league executives to create the 256-game masterpiece that is the NFL schedule, which the league just released this week for 2017.

Giants' backloaded schedule offers chance to make late run. If the Giants are embroiled in a tight NFC East race, they will need to make some noise down the stretch of their season, with three of their last four games against divisional rivals. All three, though, are home games, making the task far less daunting.

Emotional Eli Manning denies any role in scheme to pass off fake Giants memorabilia. The normally even-mannered Manning said he has been "handling" these allegations since 2014 but that right now he's "just more angry than anything, having to deal with it and knowing that I've done nothing wrong and (am) still being attacked."
This was as angry as you will ever see Eli Manning. No loss, no interception, no missed read ever could come close to causing this kind of indignation in his voice, in his eyes, in his soul. No, this time was different from any other for the usually laid-back Giants quarterback with the nickname "Easy."
Eli Manning fires back at Chris Christie, who (unlike him) is a confirmed liar. Eli Manning could have taken the label slapped on him by the governor of his adopted state as a compliment. After all, Chris Christie calling you a liar is sort of like Claude Monet calling you artist. He is a world-renown expert in the field.

Apr 20 Nothing says Thanksgiving like Odell Beckham vs. Josh Norman. Or Terrelle Pryor vs. Janoris Jenkins. The Redskins will host the Giants in primetime on Thanksgiving Night, according to The Washington Post.

This is the wrong draft for Giants to save their offensive line. It is going to be exceedingly difficult for the Giants to find a great deal of help for their offensive line in the upcoming NFL draft.

Steiner Sports founder to 'stand by' Giants QB Eli Manning until he gets all the facts regarding memorabilia lawsuit.

Apr 19 The Giants began the 2017 season by reliving their last, worst moment from the 2016 season. As they gathered Tuesday for the start of the voluntary offseason workout program, Ben McAdoo made sure his team did not forget the bitterness of a 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers.

Former Giants
Phil Simms admitted his pride was hurt by the demotion, but not enough to leave CBS.
Phil Simms still in the game, and that's a great thing.

Apr 17 The Giants will be back at work Tuesday when their offseason program begins at the team facility. The Giants are allowed to have as many as 90 men on their roster during the offseason and into training camp. They currently have 71 on the team, both according to NFLPA records and the team website.
This is the "voluntary" portion of the offseason, although it is typically frowned upon for players to skip these workouts. Many players have workout bonuses in their contracts that are awarded if they participate in a designated percentage of the workouts.

Apr 15 Whether Eli Manning ultimately misled on memorabilia or not, the Giants and their starting quarterback need to resolve this lawsuit and do it now. The Giants just had turned the page on an uncharacteristically scandal- and distraction-filled season, headlined by the shocking Josh Brown domestic violence situation.

Former Giants
Johnathan Hankins follows a trend of second-round defensive tackles leaving the Giants after their rookie contracts for more lucrative deals than the Giants were willing to offer.
Tiki Barber has kept busy as his 'Tiki and Tierney' radio show gets a new time slot. Tiki's radio show will be heard in New York.

Apr 13 Special Report - It took more than a month, and it was a long-fought, nerve-rattling battle, but the Giants finally lost their prized defensive tackle. Jonathan Hankins, their second-round draft pick in 2013, ended the cat-and-mouse competition by accepting a three-year, $30 million contract from the Indianapolis Colts, $14.5 million of which is guaranteed.
In addition, he'll receive $10 million this season, which for a brief time allows him to claim that he got what he wanted -- $10 million a year. That will make him the NFL's highest-paid defensive tackle in 2017. So there goes the so-called "Dream Team" front four of ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon along with the other tackle, Snacks Harrison, which might have become the best quartet of maiming and disfiguring offenses in the league.

The Giants have been like an ATM machine fixing their defense in the last 14 months, but the really big bucks stopped with Johnathan Hankins.
Hankins will get $14.5 million guaranteed with $3 million of the contract attainable in performance escalators. That's a price range the Giants weren't going to enter for Hankins. The team had a four-year, $28-million deal on the table.

Giants' attorney blisters 'unscrupulous' dealer trying to get 'big payday' from Eli Manning. Manning has not addressed the situation since releasing a statement immediately after the lawsuit became public in January 2014.
The lawsuit also claims the Giants' general counsel, William Heller, convinced clubhouse employees to lie to federal agents investigating fraud in sports memorabilia about bogus helmets and jerseys in order to save their jobs and protect the NFL teams.

Apr 12 The Johnathan Hankins free agency saga finally saw some movement Tuesday as the defensive tackle visited with the Colts. This is a potentially significant development for the Giants and their incredibly patient drive to re-sign Hankins, their 2013 second-round pick.

Former Giants
Tom Coughlin will be watching. The ex-Giants head coach is now back in Jacksonville as the Jaguars' Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Coughlin again hinted that he'll have a hard time making the full transition from coach to front office executive, though, on Tuesday night.
Brandon Jacobs believes his Super Bowl jersey was stolen. And this potential theft is, amazingly, more complicated than a Mexican sports reporter lifting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's jersey after Super Bowl LI.

Apr 11 In preseason Week 1 (Aug. 10-14), the Giants will host the Steelers in MetLife Stadium. It will be the third time in five years the teams will meet in the preseason, and the second time in a row in New Jersey.

Apr 10 Jason Pierre-Paul's Johnathan Hankins plea: Giants 'need that front line to stay together'. The defensive end took to Twitter on Sunday night and fired off a tweet about the situation, expressing his desire for the defensive tackle to re-sign with the Giants (he also posted the same message on Instagram).

In preseason Week 1 (Aug. 10-14), the Giants will host the Steelers in MetLife Stadium. It will be the third time in five years the teams will meet in the preseason, and the second time in a row in New Jersey..

Apr 8 Eli Manning sounds rejuvenated because he finally has a receiver he can look in the eye - Brandon Marshall. Not since he called Plaxico Burress a teammate (2005-08) has the 6-foot-4 quarterback had the luxury of throwing to a towering target.

Thirteen years ago there were three teams vying for the top quarterbacks in the draft. Everyone seemed to realize that Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers would wind up with the Giants, Steelers and Chargers. It was just a matter of who would go where and when.

Former Giants
Phil Simms - Chris Simms: Phil was blindsided by CBS, and Jim Nantz probably knew.

Apr 7 The Giants will be tripping in 2017. This season, they play the AFC West and NFC West, meaning they will be making cross-country excursions so often their frequent-flyer miles could get cashed in and pay for some of (but hardly all of) Eli Manning's salary.

Apr 6 Owa Odighizuwa posted a new tweet Tueday that seemed to suggest he was still with the Giants, but like his initial messages, his status remained unclear and open for interpretation. John Mara said he has spoken to Odighizuwa since his social media posts were published, but he declined to discuss the situation further other than to say he remains with the club.

Apr 4 Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa has gotten people talking with a trio of puzzling tweets, but it's anyone's guess at this point what they mean.
If he indeed is leaving the game, it is a shocker to the Giants. Odighizuwa is only 25 years old and though he has not contributed much since arriving as a 2015 third-round draft pick from UCLA, the Giants had not given up on him.

The Giants will report to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on April 18 for the start of their offseason workout program, a nine-week stretch intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.

Apr 3 While many figure that Eli Manning, 36, can play for a couple more years like his older brother did, the numbers suggest that might not be such a reasonable expectation. Using Neil Paine's quarterback aging curve on, we can get a sense of what, roughly, Manning's remaining career trajectory might look like.

Apr 1 Ben McAdoo normally does not hit college campuses to check out NFL Draft prospects. He leaves that assignment to Giants general manager Jerry Reese or Marc Ross, the vice president of player evaluation, or team scouts.
It's noteworthy mostly because GM Jerry Reese acknowledged after the season that, with Manning being 36 years old, the team needed to start thinking about who its next quarterback will be. McAdoo met with Mahomes on Thursday.
The Giants are debating louder internally than they have in a while about finding a quarterback to eventually succeed Eli Manning. The Giants conducted formal meetings with six quarterbacks at the combine earlier this month - believed to be the top six on their board.

Mar 31 You knew what you were getting from the Giants on offense in 2016. They put three receivers on the field more often than any team in the NFL, with Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard logging nearly every snap and Victor Cruz, or another wide receiver, right behind.

As Brandon Marshall enters his 13th NFL season - first with the Giants - he wants to add the one line missing from his resume: the postseason. Despite playing in 167 games for four different teams, none of those games have come after Week 17.

Mar 30 Ben McAdoo the offensive play-caller made life more difficult for Ben McAdoo the head coach last season. But McAdoo doesn't put much stock into the theory that his dual role had a negative impact on the offense. "There are positives and negatives with that if you look at the big picture," McAdoo said.

Ben McAdoo talks Giants lineup: Orleans Darkwa can be 'impact player'. After re-signing Darkwa, it sounds like he may finally get his shot if healthy. "He's a talented player, he's a smart player, he gives you a lot of versatility on special teams," McAdoo said.

The team's biggest challenge, McAdoo said, will be handling that success, which included boasting the franchise's highest win total since 2008, the best home record (7-1) in the history of MetLife Stadium, the No. 2 scoring defense, and a sweep of the top-seeded Cowboys in the regular season.

While after the 2016 season Jerry Reese raised the possibility of Ereck Flowers changing positions, currently the most likely scenario is the most frightening one for fans: Flowers sticking at left tackle.

Rhett Ellison's previous head coach thinks the Giants are getting a very good player. "Rhett is a great kid, number one," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday at the NFL's annual meeting in Arizona.

Mar 29 The quarterback for the Giants, for more than the past decade and for the present is Eli Manning. The quarterback of the future, the eventual replacement for Manning, is ... Geno Smith?
Ben McAdoo caused Giants fans to skip a heartbeat and run to their cardiologists Tuesday when he suggested that Smith, the newly signed ex-Jet train wreck, is in line to be the heir to the Manning throne when Eli calls it quits or the Giants ask him to leave. Geno Smith taking over for Manning? Giants fans who watched from a distance and saw the interceptions, the apparent lack of leadership, and the mental mistakes, likely wonder why the Giants are wasting their time on Gang Green rejects.

At the time, Giants coach Ben McAdoo dismissed the public outrage over the trip to Miami made by receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis a week before the team's 38-13 loss to the Packers in the Wild-Card round.
Without saying it, McAdoo for the first time said plenty about the road trip to Miami taken by his receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., six days before what turned out to be a desultory playoff loss in Green Bay.

The Giants are still haunting the Patriots' Super Bowl dreams. Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said Patriots owner Robert Kraft told him he believed they wouldn't have won Super Bowl LI this year if they had to play Big Blue.

NFL News
Owners adopted the following playing rules, bylaws, and resolution proposals. Originally, 15 playing rule changes were proposed this year: seven by clubs, eight from the Competition Committe.
The end result? 12 new rule, bylaw and resolution updates. While the majority of the changes are minor, the Odell Beckham Jr. rule is now official.

Mar 28 Eli Manning is taking Brandon Marshall to chemistry class next week at Duke University. Manning annually brings his receivers to Duke to work on timing and bonding prior to the offseason program opening and this year Marshall will be the rookie in the group for the session.
The 33-year-old Marshall has matured after experiencing plenty of rough patches early in his career. Beckham's first three seasons have been marked by brilliant production and volatility. "I've been on both ends of the spectrum," Marshall said. "I've been a problem and I've also been a solution.

Could Nick Mangold follow Brandon Marshall and Geno Smith to East Rutherford? While Mangold is coming off an injury-riddled 2016 -- an ankle injury limited him to eight games -- he's still, when healthy, among the best centers in the NFL.
He perhaps could move to guard even if Weston Richburg remained the starting center, though it's unclear if Mangold would accept that move. The Giants are in win-now mode with two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning and a need for an improved running game - all factors that would make Mangold a great fit.

NFL News
Unlike the Rams, who moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles right after they received approval in 2016, the Raiders will be staying put in Oakland for at least two years. The Giants' 2017 road game at the Raiders will be played in Oakland, and not Sin City. Tthe Giants won't have the opportunity to play the Raiders in Las Vegas until 2025. They will host the Raiders at MetLife Stadium in 2021.

Mar 27 Almost every member of the Giants' stellar defense is back in the fold for the 2017 season. Free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins remains the only missing piece.
Amid the uncertainty with defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who remains on the market, in limbo, Reese kept the defense together - a priority, given the success that unit experienced carrying the team to a playoff berth in 2016.

If John Mara has his way - and he usually does when it comes to the Giants - there will be a familiar name starting at left tackle for the Giants this season. "I'm not giving up on Ereck Flowers yet," Mara, the team's co-owner, said on Sunday at the NFL's Annual Meeting in Arizona.

NFL News
Not only did the number of diagnosed concussions in the NFL go down in 2016, but John Mara believes that the way those that did take place occurred has changed dramatically in recent years.

Mar 26 Grading every move made by the Giants this offseason. These grades take into account the player's expected impact on the field and his contract.

Mar 25 The Giants want Johnathan Hankins back and Hankins wants to return, but those desires did not seem to mesh with the financial windfall Hankins expected to receive. If he did not get it by now, chances are he never will, at least not this time around.

NFL News
NFL owners to vote on 15 proposed rule changes.

Mar 24 Special Report - Spring has sprung and the NFL world moves into the quieter, final waves of free agency, a time to tidy up the roster, figure out the last moves, check the balance of the salary cap and make final preparations for the Great Body Snatch, also known as the NFL Draft.
While every team participated in the free agency process to some degree, we're concerned with the Giants first. What they have done, or not done, since the March 9 start of the new league year has been, well ... at least it's been interesting.
And many of you, as well as us, have been thinking about the moves, or non-moves, the signings and the cuts, the stratagem and what may still come. Here is a quartet of thoughts and things to ponder as we aim for April.

Mar 23 It turns out Geno Smith's deal with the Giants is not as rich as had been reported. The actual contract is a low-risk, one-year deal by the Giants that does not even guarantee Smith's spot on the roster.
NFL Players' Association records show Smith's base salary on his one-year contract at just $775,000. But more significantly, while Smith can earn up to $2 million on the deal, $800,000 of his potential earnings are tied up in playing incentives.

NFC East News
Cowboys - Tony Romo leaving NFL for TV gig?
Eagles - Did they make the right move in replacing Chase Daniel with Nick Foles?
Redskins - Draft process isn't changing much, even after Scot McCloughan firing.

Mar 22 The Giants are set to make another move to keep their defense intact from a year ago. They will re-sign linebacker Keenan Robinson, a source confirmed. The 27-year-old Robinson had 83 tackles in 2016, his first year with the Giants.
The move means that 10 of the Giants' 11 defensive starters from last year - and virtually all of their main contributors but one - will be back for 2017. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins remains the lone holdout.

The Giants have added a veteran running back to their roster after all, but not a big name player like Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount. The Giants have reportedly agreed to terms with Shaun Draughn, who scored six touchdowns for the San Francisco 49ers last season.

The Giants gained a bit more relief on their salary cap space by reducing the 2017 cap figure for receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris. Harris was initially due to earn a $2.9 million base salary in 2017. The Giants trimmed $500,000 off that total. He has the opportunity to earn $600,000 in incentives if he finishes the 2017 season having averaged 10.0 per punt return.

Mar 21 Geno Smith is officially a Giant. But he knows there is a big difference between being on the team and being on the field. The former Jet will back up Eli Manning, who has started 199 consecutive regular-season games and is coming off a season in which he threw every pass attempted by the Giants.
For the first time in his NFL career, the former Jets quarterback is going into a season satisfied with his role as a backup. The fact that Eli Manning is the quarterback at the top of the depth chart can do a lot to alter a player's perspective, even those who pride themselves on competing to be considered the best.

The newest Giants are Geno Smith, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jets, and cornerback and special teams standout Valentino Blake, who has played for Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.
The Giants signed free agent cornerback Valentino Blake on Monday to add depth on both defense and special teams and also re-signed veteran special teamer Mark Herzlich.
Veteran linebacker Mark Herzlich, who has led the Giants in special teams snaps played in each of the last four seasons, will return for a seventh year with the team.

Mar 18 Jason Pierre-Paul did the impossible by playing his way back to big money. Jerry Reese played the negotiations smartly to keep JPP in Big Blue.
Even with seven-and-a-half fingers, Jason Pierre-Paul convinced the Giants to re-sign him for four more years and pay him like what he is when he's healthy: a star.
Once the subject of derision - much of it brought on by his own reckless decision to put himself in a dangerous position on that fateful night of July 4, 2015 - Jason Pierre-Paul has since turned into one of the greatest feel-good stories in sports.

Geno Smith and the Giants have agreed to terms on a contract that will allow the former Jets starting quarterback to compete for the job as Eli Manning's backup. And given that he's only 26, Smith also might be competing to be Manning's heir apparent.
Smith, who is coming off of ACL surgery, can spend this year rehabbing his knee with no pressure to play. Eli Manning is an iron man who never comes off the field. One of the biggest problems Smith has when it comes to the perception of him was how he dealt with the media, which shaped that image. Smith could be short and defensive with reporters, which never is a good idea.

Mar 17 The first wave of NFL free agency is over and Giants free-agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins remains on the market. Well, it may have something to do with his asking price.
The defensive tackle market looked like it would be a popular one in free agency, but that hasn't been the case. With his contract demands, Hankins has been met with a cold market.

Former Giants
Tiki Barber heads to Israel to run marathon. Barber will also broadcast his CBS Sports Radio show from the city and will later run in the Boston Marathon on April 17.

Mar 15 The Giants have available salary cap space, but not much. The team's official cap space figure remains at $6,875,876 according to Tuesday's NFLPA records, but the actual number is much lower when the signing of offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, and the re-signings of running back Orleans Darkwa and right guard John Jerry, are factored in.

Jerry Reese's offseason work can't be judged until he figures out what to do with Ereck Flowers The left tackle position arguably was the Giants' most glaring weakness coming off a 2016 season in which Eli Manning never felt comfortable in the pocket.

Giants' (unofficial) depth chart after first wave of free agency. The Giants have made some additions, lost some players and have some free agents still on the market. Here's a look at the team's depth chart after the first wave of free agency.

Mar 14 The Giants had a deadline decision to make Monday regarding Shane Vereen. Vereen had a $500,000 bonus payable to him if he was on the roster at 4 p.m., and considering the lost season he is coming off - only five games played - keeping him was not a foregone conclusion. But the Giants value what Vereen brings to the field, and he is not going anywhere.
Vereen averaged a team-high 4.8 yards-per-carry in limited action last season. The 27-year-old is a bigger threat in the passing game, as evidenced by his 59 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns in the 2015 season.

The Giants agreed to terms to bring back free-agent guard John Jerry. That reunion came two days after they signed former first-round pick D.J. Fluker, who can play guard and tackle. The two contracts likely mean the players will duke it out in training camp for the starting job at right guard.
Though the Giants' offensive line was one area of concern last season, Jerry, 30, was decent and part of a solid interior. Big Blue's issues mainly stemmed from its tackles. Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart ranked 57th and 67th among tackles, respectively, according to Pro Football Focus.

Mar 13 D.J. Fluker said he is not as worried about being a starter for 2017 as he is excited about being able to re-start his career after four somewhat disappointing seasons in San Diego.
The Giants were looking for offensive line help in the 2013 draft. Fluker went 11th to the Chargers before the Giants took Justin Pugh with the 19th pick. There's no way of knowing which player was higher on the Giants draft board.

Eli Manning woke up $13 million richer on Saturday. Manning's $13 million base salary for the 2017 season became fully guaranteed on Saturday as part of the four-year, $84 million contract extension he signed in September 2015.

Mar 12 For those waiting breathlessly for the Giants to make a move on their offensive line - sign someone, anyone! - the best advice is to take a breath so as not to turn blue. If the season started today - five words forming a truly useless phrase - the right side of the Giants' offensive line would be Brett Jones at guard and Bobby Hart at tackle. The left tackle still would be Ereck Flowers. And now, proceed to panic.

Giants sign offensive lineman D.J. Fluker to one-year deal. D.J. Fluker gives the Giants three former first-round picks on their offensive line. Does that mean Big Blue's front finally will dominate the line of scrimmage the way coach Ben McAdoo hopes?

The Giants' search for Eli Manning's backup quarterback could lead them to someone already familiar with playing in MetLife Stadium. Former Jets quarterback and free agent Geno Smith visited with the Giants on Saturday.

Mar 11 It is not uncommon to study a player you want to emulate. Still, it is quite astonishing to hear Rhett Ellison, the newly signed Giants tight end, say, "In college, all I watched was Bear Pascoe film."
Ellison, whom the Giants call a tight end but who can also play fullback, may be even better at the role that Pascoe had to learn on the fly with the Giants. He is expected to help the Giants in their running game both out of the backfield and at the edge of the line.

Eli Manning has yet to see Brandon Marshall on the field, but that hasn't stopped him from imagining what it will be like. "That's a good visual in my mind," Manning said Friday of the 6-4, 230-pound Marshall, the newest addition to the Giants' wide receiver group. "Odell [Beckham Jr.] over here, Brandon Marshall over there. That seems right."

Former Giants
Prince Amukamara played for five seasons under Tom Coughlin with the Giants, but his old coach let him walk out the door in Jacksonville.

Mar 10 The Giants will be on their fourth kicker in 18 games when they take the field for Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. Veteran Robbie Gould has signed a two-year deal with the 49ers, according to multiple reports.

Rhett Ellison signed by Giants as lead blocker for offense. It is a move they hope will improve their running and passing games.
Former Vikings fullback/tight end hybrid Rhett Ellison, a thumper whose specialty is as a blocker, is joining an offense desperate for more blocking across the board.
The Giants went without a fullback for the entire 2016 season. Will Johnson, the former Steelers fullback/tight end hybrid, was signed last year, but hurt his neck and spent the entire season on injured reserve.
Giants to release Will Johnson, but FB/TE could return on minimum deal. Johnson and Ellison are both fullback/tight end hybrids. The Giants invested $18 million -- and $8 million fully guaranteed -- in a four-year contract for Ellison. That made Johnson expendable.

Brandon Marshall: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard don't go on Miami party boat if I was with Giants. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, two of the receivers on the trip, each dropped two key early passes to squander a strong start for Eli Manning in the Giants' disappointing loss.
It's very easy for players to say they could have stopped these things from happening. In 2015, for example, the big Beckham brouhaha was over his behavior in the Panthers game against cornerback Josh Norman. Cruz, in 2016, said had he been able to play and been on the sideline, he could have defused the situation. But a year later Cruz was right beside Beckham on the yacht.

Former Giants
Tom Coughlin flexes muscle with Jaguars - chance he didn't get with Giants. For Coughlin, this flurry of free-agent signings comes a year after he was forced out by the Giants and watched as his former team spent some $200 million on defensive free agents Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins - players who helped the Giants return to the playoffs in 2016.

Mar 9 Brandon Marshall signs with Giants. After wearing green and white the past two seasons, Marshall has signed a deal with the Giants, giving him the opportunity to line up across from Odell Beckham Jr. and catch passes from Eli Manning.
In 167 games across 11 seasons and four teams, Marshall has amassed 941 receptions for 12,061 yards and 82 touchdowns. He is a six-time Pro Bowler and the only player in NFL history with six seasons of 100 or more catches.
Brandon Marshall wants a ring. The ex-Jets wide receiver said he got bigger financial offers from other teams, but he made the decision to stay in town and join the Giants because "it was about championships."
Eli Manning should take out a full-page ad in the Daily News thanking the Jets for being so dysfunctional. Brandon Marshall is a perfect 6-foot-4 fit for the Giants. They are now serious Super Bowl contenders. They are all-in trying to take advantage of what should be two more quality years from Manning.

Mar 8 The Giants had their best home record in the short history of MetLife Stadium in 2016, winning seven of the eight games played there. In an email sent on Tuesday, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch told season-ticket holders that record was "in no small part because of your support and enthusiasm." They also said it's time to pony up for that kind of success.
Tickets increase $10 per game for Field 1 pricing (lower level between the 30-yard lines on the west side of the stadium) and increase $5 per game for all other non-club tickets. All club ticket prices remain the same.

Giants' all-time best and worst free agent moves. With NFL free agency set to get started - a look back at the three best free agent signings the Giants ever made, and their three worst.

Mar 7 Ben McAdoo has been following Terrelle Pryor's career for many years. It may now be leading him toward adding the quarterback-turned-receiver to the Giants' roster.

Of the Giants' 17 unrestricted free agents, only a few are viewed by the front office as important to try to bring back. The most coveted Giants player figures to be defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who is young (he turns 25 in three weeks) and an established starter.

Deion Sanders recalls time he stuck it to Giants at 1989 NFL Scouting Combine. The Giants weren't ready for "Prime Time." Deion Sanders recalled his time at the 1989 NFL Scouting Combine while on the NFL Network Monday, specifically mentioning a story of an interview he had with the Giants.

Mar 6 Examining Giants' sudden QB intrigue after Ben McAdoo's Eli Manning rip. Manning's performance last season is what it is, and it was not very good. But at this point, there have not been clear signs his physical skills are eroding.
The Giants are not going to take a quarterback early in April's draft. That's an opinion, not a fact, but it's the only conclusion to draw coming out of a week at the NFL Combine regarding Jerry Reese's search for Eli Manning's eventual successor.

Mar 4 Giants have two upper-tier tight ends on draft radar. If O.J. Howard is on the board when the 23rd-overall pick is set to be made, the Giants will write the name of the tight end from Alabama on the card and run, not walk, up to the podium to secure him.
Miami's David Njoku, who hails from Cedar Grove, N.J., sat down with both the Giants and Jets. Howard and Njoku are both projected first-round picks, though, and there is chance another team could take both before the Giants select.

Eli Manning needs a big receiver and Brandon Marshall needs a new home in New York. It's easy to get carried away trying to match up players and teams with the free-for-all of free agency starting next week, but this one makes perfect sense: Gang Green's self-imposed loss should turn into Big Blue's gain. The Giants should sign Marshall.

Mar 2 The Giants need to add talent to help Eli Manning this offseason, but Ben McAdoo made sure to clarify Wednesday that the Giants need Manning to play much better in 2017, too.
There are those on the outside who look and see how the Giants regressed on offense in 2016 and pin most of the blame on the offensive line. Ben McAdoo says that is lazy research, and is not hesitant to assign a share of the culpability to Eli Manning, the franchise quarterback.

Will the Giants bring in a proven veteran running back to boost their ground game? McAdoo, speaking to reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, was customarily non-committal.
Ben McAdoo says Giants will 'take a look' at Adrian Peterson. Peterson has struggled to stay health. He did not run well last season even when he was healthy, and he might not be a great football X's-and-O's fit with Big Blue.

While several Giants players have expressed an interest in bringing the defense back as close to intact as possible for 2017 - and placing the franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul signifies a desire from the organization to do that - McAdoo wants them to do more than just that.
If Pierre-Paul doesn't sign his tender, the Giants have until July 15 to sign him to a long-term contract. If they don't reach agreement by then, he can play on a one-year deal worth $16.934 million, but only if he signs the tender. Mara isn't going to break the bank, however.

Former Giants
Rashad Jennings adds 'Dancing With The Stars' to his eclectic offseason resume.
Will Allen was sentenced to six years in jail for his role in a Ponzi scheme.

NFL News
NFL officials may be more tolerant of player celebrations.

Feb 27 Giants place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul for second time in his career. It puts a one-year contract of around $17 million on the Giants' salary cap immediately, per the league-wide 2017 value for defensive ends, but gives both parties until July 15 at 4 p.m. to agree upon a different deal instead.
Traditionally, the Giants have used the tag as more of a protection for pending free agents than an actual contract offer. Before Pierre-Paul two years ago, they used it on running back Brandon Jacobs and punter Steve Weatherford. Both signed long-term deals well before the July deadline to sign the one-year tag contract.

Feb 25 Ben McAdoo's illegal use of walkie-talkie costs Giants 4th-round draft position. The NFL has dropped the Giants' fourth-round draft pick 10 spots, from 130rd overall to 140th.

Zak DeOssie re-signs with Giants. DeOssie and quarterback Eli Manning are the only two remaining players from the Giants' last two Super Bowl championship seasons.

Feb 24 Special Report - Assuming for a moment that quarterback isn't the Giants' most dire need for the 2017 offense - although one missed block could turn Eli Manning into a bench casualty - where would you rank the other positions?
We offer three choices - personal opinions rather than misleading, cloudy responses from the team's scouting staff, and perhaps the hoped-for logic will come through. For instance, an offensive tackle who can play the left side. Wouldn't that be nice?
Well, in the first round, where the Giants will have the 23rd overall selection - one might find Ryan Ramczyk, 6-3 and 215 from Wisconsin; Cam Robinson, 6-6 and 310 from Alabama; and Garrett Bolles, 6-5 and 295 from Utah.

Feb 22 Giants general manager Jerry Reese acknowledged that the team needs to start planning for life after 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. While the long-term outlook is unclear, there's no doubt that Manning will be under center for the Giants when the 2017 season opens.

A 49-year-old Monmouth County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for scamming 16 people out of $116,550 for New York Giants season tickets seat licenses.

Former Giants
Geoff Schwartz is done with the NFL. And he leaves football with just one personal disappointment: That he failed to live up to his big contract with the Giants.

NFC East News
Cowboys' cap situation bears watching for the Giants, especially because Dallas could target defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in free agency.
Redskins and Kirk Cousins remain at an impasse, with one week left before the deadline for the franchise tag.
Eagles' Jason Peters to return at current salary. Peters' cap number is $11.7 million -- the highest among the Eagles.

Feb 20 No division won more games than the NFC East in the 2016 regular season, so it comes as no surprise that all four teams rank in the Top 10 of toughest schedules for 2017. The New York Giants, who went 11-5 last season, are tied with the New York Jets for the eighth-hardest schedule with an opponent winning percentage of .535.

Feb 19 A key aspect of New York's defensive success was the elite duo at cornerback of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins. Despite that resounding success, Rodgers-Cromartie could be traded during the 2017 offseason.

As the Giants search for a replacement for Victor Cruz, they would be wise to target a deep threat, because the past three seasons indicate there will be plenty of opportunities to make plays downfield.

Feb 16 It's obvious the Giants need to upgrade at the position. Edge protection of quarterback Eli Manning was a team weakness in 2016. It's not clear, however, how general manager Jerry Reese plans to attack the problem. Reese could look to add a veteran tackle in free agency next month.

Adrian Peterson can't get the Giants out of his mind. The former NFL MVP - who told ESPN a few weeks ago that if the Vikings were to release him before next season and he became a free agent he would be interested in joining the Giants - tweeted more love toward Big Blue on Wednesday.

Former Giants
Victor Cruz made it clear that he plans to continue playing after his release from the Giants on Monday. Cruz could get the opportunity to extend his career with the Broncos.

Feb 15 Who could replace Victor Cruz? The Giants cleared some cap room when they released veteran receiver Victor Cruz on Monday, but they also created a hole -- and not just in fans' hearts.
They were two of the Giants' most vocal veterans, two of the locker room leaders for a young club that needed their leadership. They were two players who taught the club how to win and how to function as a team. But Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings were far more than that, too.

5 more potential Cap Casualties. While there aren't any huge red flags for the salary cap--especially after the recent cut--there are still some action items with an exclamation point next to them.

Feb 14 In moves not unexpected, the New York Giants have reportedly release receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings. The two moves made will clear $10 million in cap space.
Cruz was due to earn $6.4 million in base salary in 2017 and $7.4 million in 2018 from the Giants. The team saved $7.5 million against the 2017 salary cap by releasing him. Jennings was due $2.48 million in 2017, and the Giants will save $2.5 million in cap space with that move.
Cruz's unceremonious end should not and will not change how Giants fans remember him: as a catalyst to a championship, as an underdog who defied the odds, as a resilient competitor who disproved doubters by making a triumphant healthy return to the field in 2016.

Feb 13 What would Eli Manning have done if he was in same situation as Matt Ryan? Giants fans can only hope they find Manning standing in Ryan's position one year from now in Minneapolis having to make that decision.

Feb 12 NFL free agency opens March 9, followed by the draft April 27-29 in Philadelphia. But the Giants' offseason deliberations already are well underway on how to fill their roster's needs through both signings and selections prior to the 2017 NFL season.

Feb 9 Why the Giants could face tough road back to playoffs in 2017. Five quick, way-too-early observations about the Giants' 2017 schedule (which won't be revealed in full until the spring), as well as an early prediction of what games they will play in primetime this coming season.

Feb 7 Eli Manning, Giants remain the only kryptonite to legendary Tom Brady, Patriots. Eli Manning's stock went up just a tick Sunday night. The only quarterback to ever stop him? That's still Eli Manning. Who did it twice.

If the Giants want to take the next step in 2017, I think they need to upgrade their play at the tight end position. It starts with the blocking where there were far too many times this year that poor blocking by the tight end would often short circuit running plays that would otherwise be successful.

Feb 6 Special Report - The Atlanta Falcons held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI with 8:37 left in the third quarter. Big deal."The Patriots have been through a lot this year, said quarterback Tom Brady, who for the fifth time in his seven Super Bowls was named the game's Most Valuable Player. With 3:52 left in the overtime, Brady capped a 75-yard drive by tossing the ball to running back James White, who took it over for a two-yard dagger in the hearts of the Falcons.
For Giant fans, of course, Eli Manning remains the only quarterback to defeat Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl -- and he did it twice. Head coach Bill Belichick, who was once told by former Giant general manager George Young that "you're not ready to be a head coach in this league," won his fifth Super Bowl.

Feb 5 Eli Manning was named co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at Saturday night's NFL Honors awards show, the first Giant to win it in the 47-year history of the award. He shared the honor with Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals.
Manning said, "I told Larry earlier this week the last time we were up for an award together was the 2003 Heisman Trophy, and it did not go well for either of us that night. And to come back 13 years later and to be up for an award and for both of us to win it is very special."

Feb 3 If Eli Manning wants another chance at Super Bowl, Giants first need Odell Beckham Jr. to grow up. Eli Manning is at the Super Bowl making appearances. He wants to be in Minneapolis next year playing in the game. Matt Ryan is in the Super Bowl, in large part because he and Julio Jones have become the most explosive passing combination in the league.Jones is not a diva receiver. Eli Manning said there is no "secret formula" to beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl. And if there was one, he probably didn't follow it, anyway. "It's not, be down by two or be down by four with two minutes to go," Manning said Friday of the situations he found himself in during his two Super Bowl appearances against New England.

Janoris Jenkins: Bring back Jason Pierre-Paul and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Janoris Jenkins knows he's coming back to the Giants. He just signed a huge five-year, $62.5 million contract less than a year ago. Now, though, he's on a crusade to make sure everyone else comes back too. If they can, Jenkins believes the Giants might be playing in the Super Bowl next year.

Jason Pierre-Paul has settled his lawsuit against ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter out of court. Pierre-Paul was suing Schefter and ESPN for publishing an image of his medical records in July of 2015 when Schefter reported Pierre-Paul's right index finger had been amputated after his hand was severely damaged in a fireworks accident.

Feb 2 Special Report - There is an ageless proverb credited to the French that says: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." The guy who coined that never thought it would apply to the Super Bowl, a more recent (in the timeline of history) event created by the NFL. But it is perfectly true and fulfills all the implicit definitions. Sunday you will have the opportunity to view the 51st renewal of this game, which pits the champions of the two conferences, AFC and NFC, against each other for the mythical pro football world championship.
There are only three of us in the media world who have covered all 50 games, and all are here for their 51st. Two of them are semi- or almost fully retired, but your correspondent transferred via early retirement from The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger to E-GIANTS and never broke the string. The other two return from their retirement homes out west to scribble a few columns each year, but they are guaranteed a presence at each Super Bowl.

Former Giants
Josh Brown reiterates his admission that he physically abused his now ex-wife in an interview with "Good Morning America". Brown also, for the second time, chose to claim that he never hit his wife, Molloy, even though doesn't dispute that he was violent with her.

Jan 31 It has only been five years since the Giants last played in (and won) a Super Bowl, even though to some it feels like a lot longer than that. The drought since then included three losing seasons and not a single playoff berth until they finally returned this year.

Rashad Jennings is an obvious candidate to be a Giants salary cap casualty this offseason, but the veteran running back remains confident he will return for a fourth season with the team. Veteran Shane Vereen is also under contract for 2017 (although he could also be a cut candidate.

Victor Cruz showed the first signs of regret from any of the Giants wide receivers involved in the now-infamous trip to Miami before their playoff game earlier this month.
Cruz said on the "Timeout with Taylor Rooks" podcast. "At the end of the day, you want to put your mind in a place where you want to succeed at whatever your next task is."
Although the players vehemently denied after the loss that the Miami trip had any effect on their performance or the outcome of the game six days later, it still was an easy target for critics.

NFL News
Super Bowl LI: Matt Ryan focusing on Eli Manning's advice.

Jan 30 The Pro Bowl was a success for the Giants for 1 reason. No one got hurt. That's really all you need to know about the four Giants who participated in Sunday night's Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
In an all-star game filled with forced punts, goal-line stands and busted trick plays, the NFC, which featured four Giants players, fell to the AFC, 20-13, on Sunday night at Camping World Stadium.

Former Giants
Members of Giants' 1986 Super Bowl share glory and pain of football 30 years later.

Jan 29 The NFL's most ridiculous man is the one Giants let get away. Martellus Bennett spent his first four NFL years with the Cowboys, serving as an understudy to Jason Witten, and he had come to the Giants to flex his football muscles.

Jan 27 Odell Beckham catches everything when it doesn't matter. ESPN reported Beckham has looked loose and relaxed throughout Pro Bowl week.    |   Photos
The Giants' star receiver showed off his catching skills and won the first ever drone drop event at the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando on Thursday.
Beckham was also part of the NFC's victorious dodgeball team. The NFC also defeated the AFC in the overall team skills competition.

Free agency is over a month away, but it's becoming clear the Giants will likely be challenged to retain Jason Pierre-Paul.

Jan 26 Falcons need to look at Giants for blueprint to beat Tom Brady and Patriots. Eli Manning and the Giants would have been the Patriots' nightmare opponent in Super Bowl LI.

Jason Pierre-Paul wants $85 million, and fans to stop the 'BS'. Pierre-Paul apparently wasn't happy that some Giants fans thought the team shouldn't sign the veteran defensive end to a big deal.

Jan 22 Giants, forget the success of Ezekiel Elliott ... and don't pick a running back in first round of NFL Draft. In Sunday afternoon's NFC title game, we'll watch the Green Bay Packers trot out a converted wide receiver, Ty Montgomery, at running back, while the Atlanta Falcons rely on 2014 fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman and 2015 third-rounder Tevin Coleman.

Former Giants
Tom Coughlin situation in Jacksonville is 'screwed up'. Not everyone is encouraged about the homecoming.

Jan 20 Adrian Peterson makes pitch to sign with Giants. The Giants' struggling ground game could be a thing of the past.
He said he has "five strong years" left and hinted at other teams he'd like to play for if Minnesota decides to cut him loose - one of which is the Giants.
But dig deeper, and you'll see Peterson isn't the right fit with the Giants. Start with his age and his health. He turns 32 in March, a time when most running backs have retired or are close to being done.

Jan 19 The Giants have to grapple with many questions regarding their disappointing offense over the next few months. A less obvious one: What to make of the fact their leading receiver in the final two weeks of the season was inactive the previous six games?

Ben McAdoo at 39 years old took a Giants organization that had floundered for four years missing the postseason and turned Big Blue into a confident, 11-win playoff qualifier. The arrow has to point up on McAdoo's hiring for now given those facts alone.

Ben McAdoo needs to take a page from Mike Tomlin's playbook and learn how to punish his players. Ben McAdoo, make some room on that giant diner menu of yours for a few notes, because it's time to learn the lesson that Tom Coughlin forgot to teach you.

Odell Beckham Jr. failed to leave a mark on Lambeau Field, so he left one underneath it. The already-infamous hole in the wall in the bowels of Lambeau caused by a Beckham punch following the Giants' 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers on Jan. 8 has been repaired, according to ESPN.

The Giants wide receivers weren't the only ones invited to Miami for the infamous boat trip with Trey Songz and Justin Bieber. The defensive backs were, too, according to safety Landon Collins. But they opted to pass.
That doesn't mean the defensive backs were choir boys necessarily, though. Asked what the secondary did on their off day instead, Collins said, "I can't say on the air." Collins said he didn't mind the receivers flying down to Miami and partying with the Biebs until at least 6 a.m.

Jan 18 Special Report - While four teams get ready to play for Super Bowl invitations on Sunday (two will get letters in the mail, two others will be nothing but good wishes), the Giants are taking all the time they need to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. Problem is, they don't know what went wrong, because it started to go wrong prior to the beginning of the 2016 season.
No, this doesn't have anything to do with the replacing of head coach Tom Coughlin with Ben McAdoo. In the mind of co-owner John Mara, it was time to make that move. Coughlin, despite the two Super Bowl championships and a 110-93 overall regular season record, had put together four consecutive non-playoff seasons and his final two years were identical 6-10 twins.

Jan 17 2016 Season in Review - First thing's first. Beckham is still the most dynamic play maker on the Giants and it's not even close.
Odell Beckham's no-show performance vs. Packers is magnified as other star WRs shine in the playoffs.

Jan 15 A look at the 2017 slate of opponents, first previewing the most intriguing non-divisional games and then breaking down the state of the NFC East. The Giants have no shortage of long plane rides in 2017, playing at Oakland, Arizona, Denver, and San Francisco.

NYC mayor Bill de Blasio sent supplies to fix Lambeau Stadium wall. De Blasio sent drywall, plaster and a trowel to Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt to repair the hole that was caused when Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly punched the wall.

Leon Hall isn't going to lose any of his playoff share. The Giants safety has not been fined for a hit on Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson in last Sunday's Wild-Card round game.

Former Giants
Tom Coughlin is getting the band back together. Two former Giants assistants, Perry Fewell and Pat Flaherty, will be joining the coaching staff with the Jaguars.

Jan 14 NFL Playoffs
Steelers-Chiefs start time changed due to forecast. Weather has affected Sunday's slate of NFL Divisional Round games.

Jan 13 Jerry Reese hit the jackpot with his well-documented spending spree last offseason, but the Giants' coffers aren't empty and the GM can go shopping again this March if he wants.

Eli Manning buys $8.5M home in Quogue. There's a two-time Super Bowl MVP moving into the neighborhood. Eli Manning recently purchased a house in Quogue for $8.5 million.

The Giants signed four more free agents on Thursday, including a Trenton, N.J., native, a 2011 second-round pick and a recent Jets practice squadder.

Former Giants
Tom Coughlin is back. The former Giants head coach was introduced as the Jaguars' executive vice president of football operations on Thursday.
Tom Coughlin said he always saw himself more in the front office than in the trenches. "I think this is the role I really anticipated and wanted at this point in my career."

NFC East News
Cowboys - 5 reasons Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and Dallas Cowboys will beat the Packers.
Cowboys - Aaron Rodgers among 5 reasons Green Bay Packers will beat Dallas Cowboys.
Redskins suddenly need another coordinator. It likely will be an inside job, according to a source.
Eagles - Will NFL do right thing with Eagles' unique schedule situation?

Jan 12 Ben McAdoo looking for answers to fix Giants' offense. The Giants brought back most of the same offensive personnel - they even added pieces with Sterling Shepard, the return of Victor Cruz, and rookie running back Paul Perkins - yet stumbled throughout the entire season.

How does Giants' Victor Cruz stack up to other No. 3 receivers? Cruz finished the regular season with 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown. That ranked Cruz seventh in catches, fourth in yards and tied for ninth in touchdowns among the No. 3 receivers from the 12 playoff teams.

Odell Beckham knows he has a problem: close Giants friend. Beckham had a miserable game - he nearly dropped as many passes (three) as he caught (four, for just 28 yards) and punctuated his frustration by punching a hole in a wall outside the visiting-team locker room at Lambeau Field.

Keep JPP? Rework Odell's deal? Now comes hard part for Giants. The salary cap is expected to expand to around $155 million. The Giants, at the moment, are projected to be about $32 million under the cap - around the middle of the pack in the league.

Can the Giants afford to bring Johnathan Hankins back? Should they? The Giants had one of the best defensive lines in the NFL this season. Finances will make it a challenge to repeat that next season.

Rashad Jennings got his first taste of the playoffs Sunday, and he said he believes the Giants have the pieces to get back there next season. Jennings is slated to earn slightly more than $3 million next season, so the Giants will have a decision to make.

Games to circle on the Giants' 2017 schedule. With that in mind and the Giants holding the 23rd pick in the draft, has taken a look at the 2017 slate of opponents, first previewing the most intriguing non-divisional games and then breaking down the state of the NFC East.

Former Giants
Josh Brown to pay ex-wife $15K per month in spousal support in divorce deal finalized on Dec. 28.

Jan 11 A day after GM Jerry Reese indicated he wants Odell Beckham Jr. to grow up, teammate Victor Cruz said he wasn't worried about his fellow wideout but does think Beckham's tantrums could hold the receiver back.
Cruz spoke about him lifting other players' spirits in the locker room, whether they are going through on- or off-field issues. The rest of the world, though, sees only the amazing catches and the angry outbursts.

Victor Cruz "absolutely" wants to return to the Giants. The Giants' brass doesn't seem as enthusiastic. Cruz has two years remaining on the five-year, $43 million extension he signed in 2013. But is due $7.4 million next season, so the only way he'll return is he takes another pay cut.

Jerry Reese has never had to worry about the high-stakes world of finding a franchise quarterback. Eli Manning was there when he took over as Giants general manager in 2007, and Manning is still there now, with two Super Bowl titles in-between.
Reese acknowledged that with Manning now 36 years old, the Giants have begun thinking about the successor at starting quarterback. Even if his decline continues in 2017, the Giants are slated to pay Manning over $22 million in 2018.

Former Giants
Rueben Randle signed a futures/reserve contract with the Chicago Bears Tuesday.

Jan 10 Fans may think the Giants played like trash in Green Bay, but the team says it didn't trash their return flight home.
The Giants took out their frustrations at blowing their first shot at the Super Bowl in five years by trashing the jumbo jet that carried them home - leaving it reeking of booze and forcing a major clean-up at Newark Airport.

Jerry Reese tells Odell Beckham it's time to grow up. That was the message that Giants general manager Jerry Reese had for Odell Beckham Jr. as the talented and tumultuous wide receiver heads into the offseason.
Eli Manning on Odell Beckham Jr.: 'You do things, you've got to back it up'. Simply put, Beckham didn't do that against the Packers. The star wideout was awful in the Giants' playoff-eliminating loss. He managed just four catches for 28 yards, despite Manning targeting him 11 times.
Packer on Giants' Odell Beckham Jr.: 'Maybe the stage is too big for him'. How could a player so good and so explosive only post 28 yards receiving against a Packers secondary missing key players?

Giants GM Jerry Reese speaks out on Odell Beckham, Ereck Flowers, Eli Manning. On Day 1 of the Giants' offseason, general manager Jerry Reese could not have been more forceful and thought-provoking on three salient issues. Reese addressed the team's most pressing areas with language that couldn't have been clearer.
The Giants still believe Ereck Flowers has a future with them. They just are not sure where that is any longer. After a shaky second season as the starting left tackle by the former first-round pick, Jerry Reese admitted Monday that Flowers might better serve the Giants at right tackle.

Jason Pierre-Paul is ready for a massive payday. The pending free agent said Monday he will sign a multi-year deal this offseason and hopes to return to the Giants, but his decision will be based on what's best for his family.
Jason Pierre-Paul says he won't sign one-year deal. Jason Pierre-Paul believes he did enough on the field this season to command a long-term contract. Now the defensive end will discover if the Giants feel the same way.

Former Giants
Tom Coughlin, who twice took the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game as their first coach and led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships in 12 seasons, is back in Jacksonville.
Tom Coughlin seemed uncertain when he spoke to people close to him in recent weeks. What did he really want at age 70? To coach an NFL team again? To be an executive?

Jan 9 Giants lose to the Packers 38-13 | Video | Photos | Photos

On The Game: Game 17
Gamegirl ---"Things were going so well. The Giants weren't putting up a lot of points, but they were controlling the game. I really thought it would be one of those low scoring ones that they would win, but then things came crashing down..."
Mikefan. ---"You've seen it before, a season where the Giants were unstoppable. Well, this year it looks like Green Bay is on a mission to go all the way...

ESPN - Rodgers works Hail Mary magic, Packers beat Giants 38-13. - Instant Analysis: Packers 38, Giants 13.
NYDailyNews - Giants defense, a season strength, couldn't handle Packers.
NYDailyNews - Giants boat memes hit social media after 38-13 loss to Packers.
NYDailyNews - Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard cost Giants with early drops.
NYDailyNews - Giants can't stop Aaron Rodgers and Packers, lose 38-13.
NYDailyNews - Odell Beckham and Giants waste another year for Eli Manning.
NYPost - Did Giants screw up Hail Mary? Depends which defender you ask.
NYPost - Ben McAdoo ends strong year with 2 contentious calls.
NYPost - Giants' Rodgers-Cromartie is feeling so many types of pain.
NYPost - How Giants were doomed by Packers' eerie, karmic revenge.
NYPost - This is what enraged Odell Beckham did to a Packers wall.
NYPost - Odell Beckham grabbed the boat spotlight - then disappeared.
NYPost - Odell Beckham a sobbing mess as Giants crash out of playoffs.
NYPost - Giants in tears, feeling empty after falling short of goal.
NYPost - Giants report card: The apt end for disastrous offense.
NYPost - Victor Cruz would be crushed if this is the end.
NYPost - One bad choice highlighted Bobby Rainey's horrible day.
StarLedger - Giants' season comes to crashing end with blowout playoff loss to Packers.
StarLedger - Insult to injury: Giants' Eli Manning subjected to drug test after loss.
StarLedger - Odell Beckham Jr. was bad, but don't blame Bieber and the boat trip.
StarLedger - Giants' biggest stars come up small in 38-13 playoff loss to Packers.
StarLedger - Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. again shows troubling immaturity with wall punch.
TheRecord - Inside Giants-Packers: What went wrong for Big Blue.
TheRecord - Giants notes: Special teams not so special.
TheRecord - Giants' season ends in a blink in 38-13 loss to Packers.
InsideFootball - Instant Analysis: Giants Fall to Packers, 38-13.
BigBlueInteractive - Green Bay Packers 38 - New York Giants 13.
Newsday - Florida trip didn't make Beckham play poorly.
Newsday - Giants Q&A: DRC's absence hurt secondary.
Newsday - Rodgers' 4 TD passes knock out Giants.
Newsday - Rodgers vs. Giants' defense: No contest.
Newsday - Giants have no answers for Rodgers' Hail Mary TD pass.
Newsday - Giants' grades: Special teams gets F.
Newsday - Eli Manning's chances at a third Super Bowl ring running out.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - After sluggish start, Rodgers dazzles again.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Packers' Gunter stands tall against Beckham.

Giants (11-5) vs Packers (10-6) Game Preview
The Packers won their Sunday night game with the Detroit Lions 31-24. Both teams knew going in they would be in the playoffs, but the division title and home field advantage was on the line.
The Giants finished up with an 11-5 record. They fought hard for a win in their last game of the season with the Redskins 19-10, even though the results would have no impact on their playoff standing.
Giants - Redskins Wrap-Up

Jan 8 Ben McAdoo has won over the Giants by being one of them. Vince Lombardi could be growling at him from across the field and Ben McAdoo wouldn't blink. The Russians could have jammed his walkie talkie and Ben McAdoo wouldn't have flinched. McAdoo's going home - to pals who miss him and want to crush him. Ben McAdoo won't be your ordinary visiting NFL head coach Sunday. Not here, at least, and still not yet.

The Giants' and Packers' Sunday afternoon Wild Card showdown at Lambeau Field will be a matchup of Best-on-Best: The Giants' defense, one of the league's top shutdown units, against Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback playing at the highest level right now.

Giants believe Playoff Eli will be be superhero against Packers. They have heard he is not the same quarterback, not at 36. They know he has trouble putting 20 points on the scoreboard, and yet the memory of how this quarterback left Brett Favre frozen in despair nine years ago, then discount double-checked Rodgers five years ago haunts them.

Robbie Gould not worried if Giants-Packers comes down to late kick. Gould, who is in his 12th NFL season but first with the Giants, spent more than a decade as the Bears kicker. Twice a year, every year, he'd kick against the Packers. One of those matchups would be in Lambeau.

Pressure's on Odell Beckham to sink or swim in Green Bay If OBJ doesn't come up with a couple of explosive plays, if he drops an important pass, if he gets a personal foul, if he goes all Josh Norman mode on the Packers, it's going to be blamed on the Miami trip.
Immediately after helping the Giants to their 11th win last Sunday, Beckham flew to Miami, partied into the wee hours with Justin Bieber at a nightclub, partied some more on a yacht in Biscayne Bay and returned home in time for Tuesday's team meetings.

Former Giants
Hakeem Nicks' epic 37-yard TD to end 1st half is forgotten gem of Super Bowl XLVI run.
Lawrence Tynes reflects after staph infection ended career.

Giants expected to make offensive line change vs. Packers. The Giants are going back to their opening day offensive line to start the second season. Veteran Marshall Newhouse is expected to start at right tackle over Bobby Hart in Sunday's NFC Wild-Card game against the Packers.

Jan 7 Aaron Rodgers does not scare Landon Collins and the Giants' defense. It's not that they don't respect Rodgers. Damon "Snacks" Harrison called him "one of the greats" on Friday.
As anyone paying attention since 1925 knows, when it comes to the Giants it almost always comes down to defense. The last time the Giants had a first-team All Pro was defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in 2011. That also was the last season in which they won a Super Bowl.

The dream scenario for the Giants is Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines, frozen with helplessness and anxiety, watching the kid run the rock over and over and over again.
On Sunday, the Giants will likely need Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings to provide another 1-2 punch on the ground in the NFC Wild Card Game in Lambeau Field. They're confident they will.

Eli Manning is tougher than you. He may pull odd faces and inspire unflattering memes, but while other QBs fall by the wayside the Giants' stalwart hasn't missed a start since 2004.

Before the Giants and Packers meet again in a win-or-go-home setting, a look back at the 2007 NFC Championship Game through the eyes of the players who tried not to freeze during it.

The story behind how mini-Ben McAdoo was born. A few months ago, 12-year-old Peter Costigan came home after getting a haircut. The part in his hair, usually on the side, had shifted to the middle.

Jan 6 Mission Impossible? How the Giants plan to defend Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in NFL Playoffs rematch. Limiting the damage inflicted by Aaron Rodgers must be the defense's top priority.
There are worse jobs in the world than being the guy in charge of stopping the Packers' Aaron Rodgers, who has thrown 18 touchdown passes in his past seven games without an interception. But none comes immediately to mind.

A day after Landon Collins said the team's corners started calling themselves the "NYPD" - New York Pass Defense - Green Bay players basically shrugged off the whole thing. "Well, we're in Wisconsin, so we don't have to worry about that," Packers receiver Davante Adams told ESPN.

Damon "Snacks" Harrison is turning to video games to get an upper hand on Aaron Rodgers. The Giants defensive tackle said Thursday he's been playing with the Packers on Madden this week in the lead-up to Big Blue's Wild Card round matchup in Green Bay this weekend.

To hear Bart Scott tell it, Aaron Rodgers will have his way with the Giants' defense - an overrated defense, according to Scott - and lead the Packers to an easy win in their NFC wild-card matchup on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Rashad Jennings and rookie running back Paul Perkins combined for 39 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown in the season finale. With temperatures expected to hover around zero degrees, the running game will likely be a critical component of the Giants' game-plan.

The Giants' coaches preach offensive balance against Green Bay's defense for this Sunday's NFC wild card game, but rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard wonders aloud if they should throw more against a depleted secondary that was ranked 31st in the league against the pass.

Former Giants
Perry Fewell out of a job again as Redskins overhaul staff. Fewell was fired Thursday by the Redskins along with defensive coordinator Joe Barry, defensive line coach Robb Akey and strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark.

Jan 5 Frozen balls, AC: Giants going all-out to prepare for Green Bay. The forecast says there should be a high of 14 and a low of 7, practically balmy compared with the minus-1 temperature the Giants and Packers experienced in the NFC Championship game on Jan. 20, 2008.
It will be cold Sunday at Lambeau Field. Not Ice Bowl cold, or even 2008 versus the Giants cold, but cold enough to advise caution to fans attending the game. The normal temperature for this time of year, which will return briefly Monday, is 25 degrees.

The Giants would not be here without Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who, technically, is not a starting cornerback and yet Wednesday was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his two-interception, one-sack performance in the 19-10 victory over the Redskins. Rodgers-Cromartie is in his ninth NFL season and is not thinking about leaving any time soon.

Five years ago Victor Cruz was the toast of Giants nation. The last time the Giants were in the playoffs, Cruz caught two passes for 28 yards in a 28-2 victory over the Falcons on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, the first (and still only) playoff game he ever has played at MetLife Stadium.

It's unlikely Giants' defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will play in Sunday's Wild Card playoff game against the Packers. But Pierre-Paul made a small and encouraging step on Wednesday, when he appeared at practice for the first time since undergoing sports hernia surgery on Dec. 7.
Rookie Romeo Okwara has filled in admirably for Pierre-Paul at the left defensive end position, but JPP was a man possessed in the Giants' Week 12 win in Cleveland, making seven tackles, three sacks, forcing a fumble, and returning a 43-yard fumble for a touchdown.

Jan 4 The Giants' search for an identity is over. They are a low-scoring team with a monstrous defense and a knack for winning close games. But will that be good enough to win it all?
It's no secret that Eli had a subpar season this year, or that the Giants' offense never came close to maximizing its high-octane potential. It's something even Eli himself has publicly conceded.

The Giants are coming off their best rushing game of the season, 166 yards in their regular season finale, a 19-10 victory over Washington.
Rashad Jennings, the starter for most of this season other than the games he missed with injury, was the second running back used in Washington last Sunday. He could not have cared less.

For one very obvious pregnant pause, it seemed as if Eli Manning was about to take his teammates to task for their impromptu visit to Miami. It sounded as if he was ready to express an opinion diametrically opposed to what his coach said a day earlier.
The wide receivers have taken some criticism for flying to Miami Sunday night and hitting the club until at least 6 a.m., risking an encounter with Justin Bieber, before hopping on a boat with Trey Songz on Monday, six days before the team's wild-card game against the Packers.

Jan 3 No opposing head coach is as familiar with Aaron Rodgers as Ben McAdoo is, but the Giants coach says he doesn't have a secret formula to stop the star quarterback. "I don't have any kryptonite," McAdoo said Monday.
Manning has a reputation for being able to perform well in playoff games. Hey, it's been almost eight full calendar years since he's lost one! While the Giants players and coaches who were here in '07 and '11 recognize that, Ben McAdoo has a slightly different perspective.
McAdoo was on the wrong end of Manning's 37-20 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Packers in the 2011 divisional round in Green Bay, but he would prefer not to ask the 2016 Manning to fight fire with fire against Rodgers.

The Giants' search for an identity is over. They are a low-scoring team with a monstrous defense and a knack for winning close games. But will that be good enough to win it all?
As confident as every Patriots fan you know is, as grand as their swagger might be, offer them a shot of sodium pentothal alongside this question: Would you like taking a third shot at the Giants this time around? Still, that's a long ways off.

Jan 2 Giants win over the Redsdkins 19-10 | Video | Photos | Photos

On The Game: Game 16
Gamegirl ---"The Giants defense had 3 sacks in the first half and had held the Redskins to zero points. I guess that factored into Ben McAdoo's decision to go for a 4th-and-2 at the Washington 16 yard line on the Giants opening drive in the 3rd quarter..."
Mikefan. ---"Who would have thought, as this long season moved along, at the very end the strength of the Giants offense would be with their running game? All year Eli Manning has had his three healthy talented receivers at his disposal, and today he threw for only 180 yards and no touchdowns...

ESPN - Redskins lose to Giants 19-10, blow chance to make playoffs. - Instant Analysis: Giants 19, Redskins 10.
NYDailyNews - Giants crush Washington's playoff dreams with 19-10 win.
NYDailyNews - Josh Norman unable to bait Giants' Odell Beckham in first half.
NYDailyNews - Paul Perkins provides Giant boost to running game before playoffs .
NYPost - Giants rip Redskins' heart out in game that meant nothing.
NYPost - The reality behind Giants history shows how special this year is.
NYPost - Giants report card: Ben McAdoo pulled every right string.
NYPost - The moment Giants afterthought has waited for doomed the Redskins.
NYPost - How Josh Norman proved Odell Beckham's ready for playoffs.
NYPost - Paul Perkins has made his case that he should be starter.
NYPost - Which is the real Ben McAdoo?
StarLedger - Giants' offense still a concern entering playoffs.
StarLedger - Paul Perkins is the team's most important player this postseason.
StarLedger - Janoris Jenkins 'sore' after leaving win over Redskins.
StarLedger - Giants to face Packers in Wild Card round.
TheRecord - Giants knock Redskins out, playoffs next.
TheRecord - Beckham, all grown up and playoff-ready.
InsideFootball - What we've learned from the 19-10 win over Washington.
BigBlueInteractive - New York Giants 19 - Washington Redskins 10.
Newsday - Meaningless? Not for Giants, who KO Redskins.
Newsday - Perkins tops 100 yards in first NFL start.
Newsday - Odell Beckham focused on Giants' playoff run.
Newsday - Giants grades: Team is coming together for playoffs.
Newsday - Glauber: Defense will decide how far Giants go.
Newsday - Giants Q&A: McAdoo played his starters; it worked out fine.
WashingtonPost - Josh Norman wasn't happy with latest penalties during rematch with Odell Beckham Jr.
WashingtonPost - Kirk Cousins sidesteps question about staying in Washington..

Giants (10-5) vs Redskins (8-6-1) Game Preview
The Washington Redskins notched another win last Saturday in Chicago. That 41-21 victory kept them on pace for a possible playoff spot.
The Giants could have qualified for the playoffs last week with a Thursday night win in Philadelphia. A 24-19 loss kept that from happening until other teams playing on the weekend gave them that opportunity.
Giants - Eagles Wrap-Up

Jan 1 The secret to Eli Manning's playoff success during his championship runs is not really a secret. There are no drastic differences between Manning's regular season and postseason numbers in almost every relevant statistical measure - except for interceptions, particularly away from the Meadowlands.

Josh Johnson has not thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2011, back when he was with the Buccaneers. His right arm might get dusted off on Sunday, though, if Ben McAdoo decides to pull Eli Manning from the game with the Redskins before the finish.

About all the Giants have left to prove this season is that they can score, and this is their last chance to do so in the regular season. That undoubtedly plays into Ben McAdoo's decision to play his starters and build some momentum in a game in which he could easily and without argument rest them for next weekend's much more important wild-card game.

Brad Wing on living with Odell Beckham, beating the odds - "You just think of the strict numbers - there's 32 jobs in the world for the job that I've been going for for the last six years. The American population is up there, and then you add the Australian population, too, so for me to kind of work my way up through college and then to finally grasp one of those 32 jobs..."

The Giants tuned in on Christmas Eve to see the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and clinch Big Blue's first playoff berth in five years. And on Sunday night there is again a good chance Ben McAdoo's players will be glued to their smartphones on the return trip from outside Washington D.C.